Pochettino wants to be careful with Alderweireld return

Pochettino wants to be careful with Alderweireld return

Pochettino wants to be careful with Alderweireld return

Spurs themselves are unbeaten in their last 12 games and this clash will be a battle between the best defence in Europe and one of the most exciting attacks in Europe.

He clearly feels that life around Spurs now - they defeated Manchester United 2-0 last month and drew 2-2 at Liverpool this month - is just about as good as it gets.

Kane has also added three goals in the FA Cup this season, but has arguably saved his best work for the Champions League, having scored six times in five games before Spurs' last-16 tie against Juventus. Premier League giants Tottenham Hotspur will be looking to capitalize on Harry Kane's subliminal run in front of goals when they take on Serie A giants in their playground.

Trying to stop Kane scoring tonight will be Juventus's veteran centre-back Giorgio Chiellini, who said of the Tottenham striker: "Kane is now among the elite players in the world".

The tie is open, Juventus are a massive team.

The second leg will be at Wembley Stadium on March 7.

"Kane is now among the elite players in the world", said the six-time Serie A title victor.

"He was a fantastic player and to spend your career at one club is an unbelievable achievement", Kane said in the pre-match press conference.

"But we must be careful about his fitness and when it is good and he can train, he can make this type of performance because he is a great talented player".

Kane, who has scored six goals in six Champions League games this season, will be backed up by fellow England global Dele Alli, Christian Eriksen and Lamela.

"He is 28 and it was a massive injury that we need to manage and be cautious with because we can not put his career at risk", said Pochettino.

"Then of course we dominate possession, we dominate Juventus - we force them to play deeper and only use the transition and the counterattack [to] try to create chances".

On the other hand, Spurs go into the Champions League game after winning the North London derby 1-0 with a Harry Kane header.

"But if we could win the first leg it would be fantastic". For me, Ryan is a player who will always be special. These are the matches that we will keep in mind in the future.

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